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As a team, we’re always on the road meeting and collaborating with our community. Most recently, we were at the CCSSO EIMAC conference in Arizona where we explored in-depth technical issues and presented to the conference on the value of data standards. 
 
As we finalize the school year and prepare for summer vacations, I want to remind our community to save the date for our annual Ed-Fi Bootcamp & Summit in Austin this October. This user conference brings together hundreds of education and technology leaders; both long-time Ed-Fi users and folks wanting more information about what Ed-Fi can do for their state or district. We know that you want to hear directly from your peers at the Summit, so again this year we’re working with you, our community, to shape the Summit agenda. If you have a success story to share, an innovative idea or simply a question you want to discuss, then we invite you to submit a session abstract so that we can ensure your time spent at the Summit is valuable and relevant for you and the entire Ed-Fi Community.

There are two more weeks to submit an abstract, so don't delay and submit your session here. I’m looking forward to hearing your story and seeing you in the fall – if not sooner!
 
- Troy

P.S. The Ed-Fi team continues to grow to serve our community, check out our latest exciting news below!

We Are Growing: New Community Members!
Growth of and investment in our amazing group of education and technology leaders is a continued priority for Ed-Fi. We are excited to welcome the newest organizations focused on fostering innovation and collaboration to our community:

  • Grant Wood AEA
  • Beaverton School District
  • Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
  • Aurasoft
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Door94
  • Resolution Educational Solutions
  • Keystone Insights
  • Maryn Solutions LLC
  • GradeMaster

Roadshow Report: Ed-Fi Community Progress Update
From the CCSSO EIMAC spring meeting in Phoenix to the launch of the New England Ed-Fi Consortium, it's been an exciting few weeks for the Ed-Fi Community. Ed Fi's manager of strategic partnerships, Sean Casey, shares a recap in his latest Roadshow Report.

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Ed-Fi Summit: Call for Papers
Do you have a story to tell us about your journey with Ed-Fi? Then share it with us (and hundreds of ed-tech leaders and innovators!) at the 2017 Summit in Austin, Texas. Check out the video below for a special message from our president, Troy Wheeler.

New Employee Highlight: Maureen Wentworth
We’re excited to welcome the newest member of our Ed-Fi family: Maureen Wentworth! Maureen joins us from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) where for five years she was responsible for leading CCSSO’s strategic work around education data and information systems. To find out more about Maureen and the work she will be doing at Ed-Fi, check out the blog below!
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Data Standard 2.1b RFC Released – Share Your Input
We recently opened the Request for Comment (RFC) period for the updated Data Standard 2.1b RFC, and we want to hear from you! Our community’s feedback is critical to the development and success of Ed-Fi technology. The final release is targeted for June 15, so please provide your input as soon as possible.

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On the Road to Interoperability with Denver Public Schools
As part of Getting Smart’s ongoing EdSurge series on interoperability, this article discussed how Denver Public Schools (DPS), Colorado’s largest school district, has implemented interoperability initiatives in its schools. Josh Allen, Director of IT for the district, says DPS would benefit greatly from improved interoperability due to its sheer size, and, in an effort to do so, has partnered with organizations like Ed-Fi so that schools can access and benefit from student data.

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Interoperability Standards for Education
This primer, published by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), is intended to help schools overcome interoperability hurdles by outlining why interoperability matters in K-12 education. The primer, designed for non-technical leaders, focused on several key areas of interoperability standards, including data integration and data connectivity.

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